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Admission to the Master's in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) degree program is open to all students who meet the criteria below. While all applications will be considered for fellowships, preference for The Nippon Foundation (TNF) fellowships is given to applicants who are residents of an ASEAN country and blind or visually impaired; deaf or hard of hearing; and/or mobility impaired. Once completed applications are received, they will be comprehensively and carefully reviewed. Applications are only accepted for Fall admission.
Master's in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) Program
To be considered for admission, all applicants must:
- Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution prior to the start of Fall academic courses.
- Submit a completed online application.
- Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) online:
Your CV should list all significant academic and professional achievements. Please provide relevant details regarding your work experience, including the name of the organization, your duties, and the duration of your appointment.
- Submit two (2) letters of recommendation using the online application or via email:
Letters of recommendation from two sources who know you academically (e.g. a faculty member) and/or professionally (e.g. a work supervisor or colleague) can be accepted via upload to the online application or email to email@example.com. Emailed letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommenders' official work or academic email account, not a personal email account.
- Submit a Statement of Purpose online:
An essay (approximately 1000-1500 words or 2-3 pages) that expresses your academic and career goals. Please discuss how the CIDP program specifically fits into your academic and/or career plans. Please provide information about how your previous experiences have prepared you for a Master's in Comparative and International Disability and Policy, and why you will be a good candidate for the program.
- Submit an Addendum Essay online:
A supplemental essay (approximately 500 words or one page) that discusses any personal or professional challenge(s) you have encountered. If relevant, please also describe your preferred or required communication tools, assistive technologies, and/or learning techniques. Applicants to The Nippon Foundation fellowship must explain their interest in the fellowship, and how receiving a fellowship will enable them to realize their academic and/or career goals.
- Submit hard copies of official transcripts by mail:
Must submit hard copies of official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended. Transcripts must list all courses taken, grades received, degree(s) conferred, and degree conferral date(s). Transcripts should be sealed and accompanied with translation if not in English. Grade translations into the U.S. grading system are not necessary. Original transcripts and translation (if applicable) should be mailed directly from issuing institution to:
American University, School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8071
- Submit official results of the appropriate standardized test, including proof of satisfactory English proficiency:
- IELTS: International English Language Testing System (Minimum score of 7.0)
- TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language (Minimum score of 100 (iBT); 250 (Computer-Based Test) or 600 (Paper-Based Test))
- GRE: Graduate Record Examination
- PTE: Pearson Test of English (Minimum score of 68)